July 8, 2016

Army’s 2 Division gets new GOC

Army’s 2 Division gets new GOC

Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO

Ibadan – Brig.-Gen. Jude Egbudom, the acting General Officer Commanding(GOC) of 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, has handed over to Maj.-Gen. Kasimu Abdulkarim who is the substantive GOC of the Division.

Egbudom handed over the command to Abdulkarim at the headquarters of the division in Ibadan on Friday.

Abdulkarim, who hails from Zuru in Kebbi State, was the Commandant of the Nigeria Army School of Infantry (NASI), Jaji, Kaduna State.

He was commissioned on June 22, 1985, and was a member of the 32 Regular Course of Nigeria Defence Academy.

Egbudom, who was appointed in acting capacity on June 22 would return to his former position as the Commander, Engineer Construction Command, Ede, Osun.

In his speech at the occasion, Abdulkarim charged officers of the command to cooperate with him, saying he would give his best in preserving the ideals of the army.

“We, as military professionals, must do everything within our ability to support our leaders in the fight against corruption and insurgency.

“I promise to be an example of good character and urge you all to emulate such.

“ You all should uphold the tenets of the army which are discipline, transparency and accountability, ’’ he said.

Abdulkarim said that military officers must remain professional and apolitical while rallying support for the leadership.

He called for the promotion of peaceful military and community relations, saying every act would be subjected to questioning as military professionals.

“Very high level of discipline is expected from our members even in the face of obvious provocation.

“We must learn media management skills that will enable us to explore the benefits of social and mass media in line with international best practices,’’ he stated.

The handing over ceremony featured the official parade and exchange of the command flag, the symbol of change in command.